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Remind me again why wikipedia is not doing this. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has recently concluded Aspergers Syndrome is- for all intents-and-purposes- the same condition as autism.Ordessa (talk) 12:27, 16 February 2014 (UTC)
It's complicated. Semantics mostly.--Aurictalk 17:56, 16 February 2014 (UTC)
Because Asperger syndrome still exists in the WHO ICD scheme. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 14:29, 24 February 2014 (UTC)
The Autism article is already far too long - the spectrum of autism is conveniently (if arbitrarily) divided into several different segments (of which Asperger Syndrome is one) - and currently each has it's own article. If we merged them all back together then the very next thing we'd have to do would be to figure out how to split the resulting gigantic article up again - and the present division is as good as any.
The changes in DSM V don't alter the fact that we have special names for various sections of the Autism spectrum - all it does it to make clear that from a diagnostic perspective, these are all shades of symptoms from what is presumed to be a common cause or set of causes.
As an adult person who appears to have Asperger's and has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression, it is vital for me to have been able to begin my search for answers here in this wonderfully real Wikipedia universe; merging these articles would do a disservice to those who need this information for the information that it is. That's the point: Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, not a diagnostic tool. Whether the American Psychological Association classifies Asperger's as a separate diagnosis or not has no bearing here, other than as a noted piece of information in the article(s). I agree that the Autism, and even the High-Functioning Autism articles are already so heavily informative that it/they cannot absorb the additional information in the Asperger's article and be functionally serviceable for a reader; it would amount to one of Wikipedia's books, which is what I did with these and related pages - put them into my own "book". It is wise to keep Wikipedia the information resource it is by not politicizing or medicalizing information. Anniecan (talk) 18:26, 10 July 2014 (UTC)anniecan
Asperger's and high level autism are two different subjects. The fact that DSM cannot figure out how to deal with them does not mean that Wikipedia should necessarily add to the confusion. As someone who has been diagnosed with Asperger's, the ability to look specifically for Asperger's rather than a generic "autism" article provides the reader with a lot more direction. Where is the benefit from merging? Does it disenfranchise a group of people who identify with Asperger('s) Syndrome? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 07:44, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
Since Asperger is no longer considered a valid diagnosis, souldn't the article's headline reflect this (such as "Asperger.... was considered an autistism spectrum disorder...." Dan Gluck (talk) 16:34, 20 May 2014 (UTC)
The DSM-5 isn't the end all and be all of mental health diagnostic guidelines. DonIago (talk) 18:29, 20 May 2014 (UTC)
Exactly. Asperger syndrome is still considered to be a part of the autism spectrum. DSM V merely formalizes that. With your phrasing readers would assume that people who are labelled "Asperger" are no longer considered to be on the autism spectrum - which is quite the opposite of what DSM V did. SteveBaker (talk) 01:44, 26 May 2014 (UTC)
Searching Wikipedia for assburgers redirects to this page, even though assburgers is not mentioned on the page. Perhaps someone should add a note that this is a common derogatory term for Asperger's used on the trashier Internet forums and IRC; otherwise, the redirect would make no sense to the uninitiated. ThVa (talk) 20:18, 17 June 2014 (UTC)
Do you have a source for that claim? HiLo48 (talk) 20:53, 17 June 2014 (UTC)
DUDE, that is very rude and inappropriate, as it is degrading to anyone who may have the disability (myself included). May you please remove that feature? GUEST— Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 01:19, 26 June 2014 (UTC)
Many people do not know how to spell Asperger. That is why the redirect exists. Redirects aren't comments endorsing derogatory terms; they're just a way to help people find what they're actually looking for. Muffinator (talk) 19:21, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
I'd still like to see a source. HiLo48 (talk) 03:01, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. I just realised it's an American thing that doesn't work in Australian English, which is my version. I think we pronounce "Aspergers" pretty much the same, but in Australia, the part of me that I sit on is pronounced differently. So the insult wouldn't work here. So it isn't used. So I've never heard of it. Now I have! Thanks again. HiLo48 (talk) 03:57, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
I had never heard of it either before seeing this thread but than am to old I think. Google books is amazing though. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 04:06, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
Suggested merger with "high-functioning autism"